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THE UNITED STATES PROGRAM
FOR GENERAL AND COMPLETE
DISARMAMENT IN A PEACEFUL
DEPARTMENT OF STATE
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Released September 1961
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The revolutionary development of modern weapons
w^ithin a world divided by serious ideological differ-
ences has produced a crisis in human history. In or-
der to overcome the danger of nuclear war now
confronting mankind, the United States has intro-
duced at the Sixteenth General Assembly of the United
Nations a Program for General and Complete Dis-
armament in a Peaceful World.
This new program provides for the progressive re-
duction of the war-making capabilities of nations and
the simultaneous strengthening of international insti-
tutions to settle disputes and maintain the peace. It
sets forth a series of comprehensive measures which
can and should be taken in order to bring about a
world in which there will be freedom from war and
security for all states. It is based on three principles
deemed essential to the achievement of practical prog-
ress in the disarmament field :
First, there must be immediate disarmament action:
A strenuous and uninterrupted effort must be made
toward the goal of general and complete disarma-
ment; at the same time, it is important that specific
measures be put into effect as soon as possible.
Second, all disarmament obligations must be subject to
effective international controls:
The control organization must have the manpower,
facihties, and effectiveness to assure that Umitations or
reductions take place as agreed. It must also be able
to certify to all states that retained forces and arma-
ments do not exceed those permitted at any stage of
the disarmament process.
Third, adequate peace-keeping machinery must be
There is an inseparable relationship between the
scaling down of national armaments on the one hand
and the building up of international peace-keeping
machinery and institutions on the other. Nations are
unlikely to shed their means of self-protection in the
absence of alternative ways to safeguard their legiti-
mate interests. This can only be achieved through
the progressive strengthening of international institu-
tions under the United Nations and by creating a
United Nations Peace Force to enforce the peace as
the disarmament process proceeds.
There follows a summary of the principal provisions
of the United States Program for General and Com-
plete Disarmament in a Peaceful World. The full
text of the program is contained in an appendix to
FREEDOM FROM WAR
THE UNITED STATES PROGRAM FOR
GENERAL AND COMPLETE DISARM-
AMENT IN A PEACEFUL WORLD
DISARMAMENT GOAL AND OBJECTIVES
The over-all goal of the United States is a free,
secure, and peaceful world of independent states ad-
hering to common standards of justice and interna-
tional conduct and subjecting the use of force to the
rule of law; a world which has achieved general and
complete disarmament under effective international
control; and a world in which adjustment to change
takes place in accordance with the principles of the
In order to make possible the achievement of that
goal, the program sets forth the following specific
objectives toward which nations should direct their
• The disbanding of all national armed forces and the
prohibition of their reestablishment in any form what-
soever other than those required to preserve internal
order and for contributions to a United Nations Peace
• The elimination from national arsenals of all arma-
ments, including all weapons of mass destruction and
the means for their delivery, other than those required
for a United Nations Peace Force and for maintaining
• The institution of effective means for the enforce-
ment of international agreements, for the settlement
of disputes, and for the maintenance of peace in ac-
cordance with the principles of the United Nations;
• The establishment and effective operation of an Inter-
national Disarmament Organization within the frame-
work of the United Nations to insure compliance al
all times with all disarmament obligations.
TASK OF NEGOTIATING STATES
The negotiating states are called upon to develop
the program into a detailed plan for general and
complete disarmament and to continue their efforts
without interruption until the whole program has
been achieved. To this end, they are to seek the
widest possible area of agreement at the earliest pos-
sible date. At the same time, and without preju-
dice to progress on the disarmament program, they
are to seek agreement on those immediate measure;
that would contribute to the common security of na-
tions and that could facilitate and form part of the
The program sets forth a series of general principle!
to guide the negotiating states in their work. These
make clear that:
• As states relinquish their arms, the United Nations
must be progressively strengthened in order to im-
prove its capacity to assure international security and
the peaceful settlement of disputes;
• Disarmament must proceed as rapidly as possible,
until it is completed, in stages containing balanced,
phased, and safeguarded measures;
• Each measure and stage should be carried out in an
agreed period of time, with transition from one stage
to the next to take place as soon as all measures in the
preceding stage have been carried out and verified and
as soon as necessary arrangements for verification of
the next stage have been made ;
• Inspection and verification must establish both that
nations carry out scheduled limitations or reductions
and that they do not retain armed forces and arma-
ments in excess of those permitted at any stage of the
disarmament process ; and
• Disarmament must take place in a manner that will
not affect adversely the security of any state.
The program provides for progressive disarmament
steps to take place in three stages and for the simulta-
neous strengthening of international institutions.
The first stage contains measures which would sig-
nificantly reduce the capabilities of nations to wage
aggressive war. Implementation of this stage would
' The nuclear threat would be reduced:
All states would have adhered to a treaty effec-
tively prohibiting the testing of nuclear weapons.
The production of fissionable materials for use in
weapons would be stopped and quantities of such
materials from past production would be converted
to non-weapons uses.
States owning nuclear weapons would not relin-
quish control of such weapons to any nation not
owning them and would not transmit to any such
nation information or material necessary for their
States not owning nuclear weapons would not
manufacture them or attempt to obtain control of
such weapons belonging to other states.
A Commission of Experts would be established to
report on the feasibility and means for the verified
reduction and eventual elimination of nuclear
• Strategic delivery vehicles would be reduced:
Strategic nuclear weapons delivery vehicles d
specified categories and weapons designed to coun-
ter such vehicles would be reduced to agreed levels
by equitable and balanced steps; their production
would be discontinued or limited; their testing
would be limited or halted.
• Arms and armed forces would be reduced:
The armed forces of the United States and the
Soviet Union would be hmited to 2.1 miUion men
each (with appropriate levels not exceeding that
amount for other militarily significant states);
levels of armaments would be correspondingly re-
duced and their production would be limited.
An Experts Commission would be established to
examine and report on the feasibility and means of
accomplishing verifiable reduction and eventual
elimination of all chemical, biological and radio-
• Peaceful use of outer space would be promoted:
The placing in orbit or stationing in outer space
of weapons capable of producing mass destruction
would be prohibited.
States would give advance notification of space
vehicle and missile launchings.
• U.N. peace-keeping powers would be strengthened:
Measures would be taken to develop and
strengthen United Nations arrangements for arbi-
tration, for the development of international law,
and for the establishment in Stage II of a permanent
U.N. Peace Force.
An International Disarmament Organization would be
established for effective verification of the disarmament
Its functions would be expanded progressively as
It would certify to all states that agreed reduction
have taken place and that retained forces and arma
meats do not exceed permitted levels.
It would determine the transition from one stag
to the next.
• States would be committed to other measures to reduc
international tension and to protect against the chanc
of war by accident, miscalculation, or surprise attacli
States would be committed to refrain from th
threat or use of any type of armed force contrary t
the principles of the U.N. Charter and to refrai
from indirect aggression and subversion against an
A U.N. peace observation group would be avai
able to investigate any situation which might cor
stitute a threat to or breach of the peace.
States would be committed to give advance notic
of major military movements which might caus
alarm; observation posts would be established t
report on concentrations and movements of militar
The second stage contains a series of measures whic
would bring within sight a world in which thei
would be freedom from war. Implementation of a
measures in the second stage would mean:
• Further substantial reductions in the armed force
armaments, and military establishments of state
including strategic nuclear weapons delivery v
hides and countering weapons;
Further development of methods for the peaceful set-
tlement of disputes under the United Nations;
Establishment of a permanent international peace
force within the United Nations;
Depending on the findings of an Experts Commission,
a halt in the production of chemical, bacteriological,
and radiological weapons and a reduction of existing
stocks or their conversion to peaceful uses;
On the basis of the findings of an Experts Commis-
sion, a reduction of stocks of nuclear weapons;
The dismantling or the conversion to peaceful uses of
certain military bases and facilities wherever
The strengthening and enlargement of the Interna-
tional Disarmament Organization to enable it to
verify the steps taken in Stage II and to determine
the transition to Stage III.
During the third stage of the program, the states of
the world, building on the experience and confidence
gained in successfully implementing the measures of
the first two stages, would take final steps toward the
goal of a world in which :
States would retain only those forces, non-nuclear
armaments, and establishments required for the
purpose of maintaining internal order; they would
also support and provide agreed manpower for a
U.N. Peace Force.
The U.N. Peace Force, equipped with agreed typ<
and quantities of armaments, would be fully fun^
The manufacture of armaments would be prohibite
except for those of agreed types and quantities I
be used by the U.N. Peace Force and those require
to maintain internal order. All other armamen
would be destroyed or converted to peacefi
The peace-keeping capabilities of the United Natior
would be sufficiently strong and the obligations c
all states under such arrangements sufficiently fai
reaching as to assure peace and the just settlemer
of differences in a disarmed world.
DECLARATION ON DISARMAMENT
THE UNITED STATES PROGRAM FOR
GENERAL AND COMPLETE DISARMA-
MENT IN A PEACEFUL WORLD
The Nations of the world,
Conscious of the crisis in human history produced by the revo-
lutionary development of modern weapons within a world divided
by serious ideological differences;
Determined to save present and succeeding gen«?rations from
the scourge of war and the dangers and burdens of the arms race
and to create conditions in which all peoples can strive freely and
peacefully to fulfill their basic aspirations;
Declare their goal to be: A free, secure, and peaceful world of
independent states adhering to common standards of justice and
international conduct and subjecting the use of force to the rule
of law; a world where adjustment to change takes place in accord-
ance with the principles of the United Nations; a world where
there shall be a permanent state of general and complete disarma-
ment under effective international control and where the resources
of nations shall be devoted to man's material, cultural, and spir-
Set forth as the objectives of a program of general and complete
disarmament in a peaceful world:
(a) The disbanding of all national armed forces and the pro-
hibition of their reestablishment in any form whatsoever other
than those required to preserve internal order and for contribu-
tions to a United Nations Peace Force;
(b) The elimination from national arsenals of all armaments,
including all weapons of mass destruction and the means for their
delivery, other than those required for a United Nations Peace
Force and for maintaining internal order;
(c) The establishment and effective operation of an Interna-
tional Disarmament Organization within the framework of the
United Nations to ensure compliance at all times with all dis-
(d) The institution of effective means for the enforcement of
international agreements, for the settlement of disputes, and for
the maintenance of peace in accordance with the principles of the
Call on the negotiating states:
(a) To develop the outline program set forth below into an
agreed plan for general and complete disarmament and to continue
their efforts without interruption until the whole program has been
(b) To this end to seek to attain the widest possible area of
agreement at the earliest possible date;
(c) Also to seek — without prejudice to progress on the disarma-
ment program — agreement on those immediate measures that
would contribute to the common security of nations and that could
facilitate and form a part of that program.
Affirm that disarmament negotiations should be guided by the
(a) Disarmament shall take place as rapidly as possible until
it is completed in stages containing balanced, phased and safe-
guarded measures, with each measure and stage to be carried out
in an agreed period of time.
(b) Compliance with all disarmament obligations shall be effec-
tively verified from their entry into force. Verification arrange-
ments shall be instituted progressively and in such a manner as to
verify not only that agreed limitations or reductions take place
but also that retained armed forces and armaments do not exceed
agreed levels at any stage.
(c) Disarmament shall take place in a manner that will not
affect adversely the security of any state, whether or not a party
to an international agreement or treaty,
(d) As states relinquish their arms, the United Nations shall
be progressively strengthened in order to improve its capacity to
assure international security and the peaceful setdement of dif-
ferences as well as to facilitate the development of international
cooperation in common tasks for the benefit of mankind.
(e) Transition from one stage of disarmament to the next shall
take place as soon as all the measures in the preceding stage have
been carried out and effective verification is continuing and as
soon as the arrangements that have been agreed to be necessary
for the next stage have been instituted.
Agree upon the following outline program for achieving general
and complete disarmament:
A. To Establish an International Disarmament Organiza-
(a) An International Disarmament Organization (IDO) shall
be established within the framework of the United Nations upon
entry into force of the agreement. Its functions shall be expanded
progressively as required for the effective verification of the dis-
(b) The IDO shall have: (i) a General Conference of all the
parties; (2) a Commission consisting of representatives of all the
major powers as permanent members and certain other states on a
rotating basis; and (3) an Administrator who will adminbter the
Organization subject to the direction of the Commission and who
will have the authority, staff, and finances adequate to assure
effective impartial implementation of the functions of the
(c) The IDO shall: (i) ensure compliance with the obligations
undertaken by verifying the execution of measures agreed upon;
(2) assist the states in developing the details of agreed further
verification and disarmament measures; (3) provide for the estab-
lishment of such bodies as may be necessary for working out the
details of further measures provided for in the program and for
such other expert study groups as may be required to give continu-
ous study to the problems of disarmament; (4) receive reports on
the progress of disarmament and verification arrangements and
determine the transition from one stage to the next.
B. To Reduce Armed Forces and Armaments:
(a) Force levels shall be limited to 2.1 million each for the U.S.
and U.S.S.R. and to appropriate levels not exceeding 2.1 million
each for all other militarily significant states. Reductions to the
agreed levels will proceed by equitable, proportionate, and verified
(b) Levels of armaments of prescribed types shall be reduced
by equitable and balanced steps. The reductions shall be accom-
plished by transfers of armaments to depots supervised by the
IDO. When, at specified periods during the Stage I reduction
process, the states party to the agreement have agreed that the
armaments and armed forces are at prescribed levels, the arma-
ments in depots shall be destroyed or converted to peaceful uses.
(c) The production of agreed types of armaments shall be
(d) A Chemical, Biological, Radiological (CBR) Experts Com-
mission shall be established within the IDO for the purpose of
examining and reporting on the feasibility and means for accom-
plishing the verifiable reduction and eventual elimination of CBR
weapons stockpiles and the halting of their production.
C. To Contain and Reduce the Nuclear Threat:
(a) States that have not acceded to a treaty effectively prohib-
iting the testing of nuclear weapons shall do so.
(b) The production of fissionable materials for use in weapons
shall be stopped.
(c) Upon the cessation of production of fissionable materials
for use in weapons, agreed initial quantities of fissionable ma-
terials from past production shall be transferred to non-weapons
(d) Any fissionable materials transferred between countries for
peaceful uses of nuclear energy shall be subject to appropriate
safeguards to be developed in agreement with the IAEA.
(e) States owning nuclear weapons shall not relinquish control
of such weapons to any nation not owning them and shall not
transmit to any such nation information or material necessary for
their manufacture. States not owning nuclear weapons shall not
manufacture such weapons, attempt to obtain control of such
weapons belonging to other states, or seek or receive information
or materials necessary for their manufacture.
(f) A Nuclear Experts Commission consisting of representatives
of the nuclear states shall be established within the IDO for the
purpose of examining and reporting on the feasibility and means
for accomplishing the verified reduction and eventual elimination
of nuclear weapons stockpiles.
D. To Reduce Strategic Nuclear Weapons Delivery Vehicles:
(a) Strategic nuclear weapons delivery vehicles in specified cate-
gories and agreed types of weapons designed to counter such
vehicles shall be reduced to agreed levels by equitable and balanced
steps. The reduction shall be accomplished in each step by trans-
fers to depots supervised by the IDO of vehicles that are in excess
of levels agreed upon for each step. At specified periods during
the Stage I reduction process, the vehicles that have been placed
under supervision of the IDO shall be destroyed or converted to
(b) Production of agreed categories of strategic nuclear weapons
delivery vehicles and agreed types of weapons designed to counter
such vehicles shall be discontinued or limited.
(c) Testing of agreed categories of strategic nuclear weapons
delivery vehicles and agreed types of weapons designed to counter
such vehicles shall be limited or halted.
E. To Promote the Peaceful Use of Outer Space:
(a) The placing into orbit or stationing in outer space of
weapons capable of producing mass destruction shall be prohibited.
(b) States shall give advance notification to participating states
and to the IDO of launchings of space vehicles and missiles, to-
gether with the track of the vehicle.
F. To Reduce the Risks of War by Accident, Miscalculation,
and Surprise Attack:
(a) States shall give advance notification to the participating
states and to the IDO of major military movements and maneuvers,
on a scale as may be agreed, which might give rise to misinterpre-
tation or -ause alarm and induce countermeasures. The notifica-
tion shall include the geographic areas to be used and the nature,
scale and time span of the event.
(b) There shall be established observation posts at such loca-
tions as major ports, railway centers, motor highways, and air bases
to report on concentrations and movements of military forces.
(c) There shall also be established such additional inspection
arrangements to reduce the danger of surprise attack as may be
(d) An international commission shall be established immedi-
ately within the IDO to examine and make recommendations on
the possibility of further measures to reduce the risks of nuclear
war by accident, miscalculation, or failure of communication.
G. To Keep the Peace:
(a) States shall reaffirm their obligations ur.der the U.N. Charter
to refrain from the threat or use of any type of armed force —
including nuclear, conventional, or CBR — contrary to the prin-
ciples of the U.N. Charter.
(b) States shall agree to refrain from indirect aggression and
subversion against any country.
(c) States shall use all appropriate processes for the peaceful
setdemcnt of disputes and shall seek within the United Nations
further arrangements for the peaceful settlement of international
disputes and for the codification and progressive development of
(d) States shall develop arrangements in Stage I for the estab-
lishment in Stage II of a U.N. Peace Force.
(e) A U.N. peace observation group shall be staffed with a stand-
ing cadre of observers who could be despatched to investigate any
situation which might constitute a threat to or breach of the peace.
A. International Disarmament Organization:
The powers and responsibilities of the IDO shall be progres-
sively enlarged in order to give it the capabilities to verify the
measures undertaken in Stage II.
B. To Further Reduce Armed Forces and Armaments:
(a) Levels of forces for the U.S., U.S.S.R., and other militarily
significant states shall be further reduced by substantial amounts
to agreed levels in equitable and balanced steps.
(b) Levels of armaments of prescribed types shall be further
reduced by equitable and balanced steps. The reduction shall be
accomplished by transfers of armaments to depots supervised by
the IDO. When, at specified periods during the Stage II reduc-
tion process, the parties have agreed that the armaments and
armed forces are at prescribed levels, the armaments in depots
shall be destroyed or converted to peaceful uses.
(c) There shall be further agreed restrictions on the production
(d) Agreed military bases and facilities wherever they are lo-
cated shall be dismantled or converted to peaceful uses.
(e) Depending upon the findings of the Experts Commission
on CBR weapons, the production of CBR weapons shall be halted,
existing stocks progressively reduced, and the resulting excess
quantities destroyed or converted to peaceful uses.
C To Further Reduce the Nuclear Threat:
Stocks of nuclear weapons shall be progressively reduced to the
minimum levels which can be agreed upon as a result of the find-
ings of the Nuclear Experts Commission; the resulting excess o
fissionable material shall be transferred to peaceful purposes.
D. To Further Reduce Strategic Nuclear Weapons Deliver
Further reductions in the stocks of strategic nuclear weapon
delivery vehicles and agreed types of weapons designed to counte
such vehicles shall be carried out in accordance with the proceduri
outlined in Stage I.
E. To Keep the Peace:
During Stage II, states shall develop further the peace-keepinj
processes of the United Nations, to the end that the United Nation
can eflfectively in Stage III deter or suppress any threat or use o
force in violation of the purposes and principles of the Unitec
(a) States shall agree upon strengthening the structure, author
ity, and operation of the United Nations so as to assure that thi
United Nations will be able effectively to protect states agains
threats to or breaches of the peace.
(b) The U.N. Peace Force shall be established and progressivel;
(c) States shall also agree upon further improvements and de
velopments in rules of international conduct and in processes fo
peaceful settlement of disputes and differences.
By the time Stage II has been completed, the confidence pro
duced through a verified disarmament program, the acceptanc<
of rules of peaceful international behavior, and the developmen
of strengthened international peace-keeping processes within th(
framework of the U.N. should have reached a point where the
states of the world can move forward to Stage III. In Stage ir
progressive controlled disarmament and continuously developing
principles and procedures of international law would proceed t(
a point where no state would have the military power to challenge
the progressively strengthened U.N. Peace Force and all interna-
tiinal disputes would be settled according to the agreed principles
of international conduct.
The progressive steps to be taken during the final phase of the
disarmament program would be directed toward the attainment
of a world in which:
(a) States would retain only those forces, non-nuclear arma-
ments, and establishments required for the purpose of maintaining
internal order; they would also support and provide agreed man-
power for a U.N Peace Force.
(b) The U.N. Peace Force, equipped with agreed types and
quantities of armaments, would be fully functioning.
(c) The manufacture of armaments would be prohibited except
for those of agreed types and quantities to be used by the U.N.
Peace Force and those required to maintain internal order. All
other armaments would be destroyed or converted to peaceful
(d) The peace-keeping capabilities of the United Nations would
be sufficiently strong and the obligations of all states under such
arrangements sufficiently far-reaching as to assure peace and the
just settlement of differences in a disarmed world.
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